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Civil War Soldiers - Abercrombie

General John AbercrombieAbercrombie, John J., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Tennessee in 1802, and died in Roslyn, N. Y., in 1877. Entering West Point from Tennessee, he was graduated in 1822, served as adjutant in the 1st infantry from 1825 to 1833 and was made captain in 1836. He served in the Florida war, and was brevetted major for gallant conduct at the battle of Okechobee. Then, until the outbreak of the Mexican war, he was engaged in frontier duty in the west. He took an active part in the Mexican war, and for gallantry at the battle of Monterey, where he was wounded, was given the brevet rank of lieutenant-colonel. Besides Monterey, he fought also at the siege of Vera Cruz and at Cerro Gordo, and, in 1847, served as aide-de-camp to Gen. Patterson. When the Civil war broke out he was stationed in Minnesota. He took part in the Shenandoah campaign and was in command at the action of Falling Waters. Through the Peninsular campaign he served as brigadier-general of volunteers, was wounded at Fair Oaks, and took part in the battle of Malvern hill, and at several skirmishes on the retreat to Harrison's landing. He was engaged in the defense of Washington in 1862 and 1863, had charge of depots at Fredericksburg in May, 1864, and took part in the defense against Hampton's legion in June, 1864. He was brevetted brigadier-general, U. S. A., on March 13, 1865, and retired on the 12th of the following June.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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